Dear PoPville – How much does a rolling garage door cost?

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking for a way to secure my back yard off the alley and also provide access for my car. I see many makes and models online with auto openers for around $1000, but when I’ve contacted people locally, they’re quoting me $5,000. Can anyone make suggestions for affordable but sturdy models and local installers?”

Back in March ’11 we talked about the legality of rolling garage doors. For those who’ve had them installed recently – how much did it cost?

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  • I got an estimate for one of these ONE hour ago!

    A standard door is 15 feet wide and 9 feet tall. It gives about 7.5 feet of clearance for a car.

    For the standard door described above, the cost is $8300 plus permit costs. So, in total around $9000.

    This includes the door, permits and installation. The only thing it does not include is running the electricity from the back of the house. You need to get an electrician to do that separately.

  • We recently got a quote for this as well…was quoted $5300

    • Do you remember the name of the company you got the 5300 quote from? Pooner seems to consitantly be the high bid and would like to know who gave you yours.

      ~9K is definitely out of reach…I might be able to justify it if it was closer to ~5K.

      • I got a quote from Pooner a few years ago. About 20 feet wide, steel framing, and an electric-remote opener > was north of 10k.

  • Yes, we went through this 2 years ago and didn’t move ahead because the price was prohibitive.

  • I recently had one installed by Pooner & Sons who have installed the vast majority of the metal roll down doors in the city. Anony’s estimate is on target. Expensive but if you can afford it, it’s well worth it and Allan Pooner is the best contractor I have EVER dealt with.

    • I second the recommendation for Allan Pooner!! Awesome experience with them and the price was worth it especially if you live in an alley with recurring break ins!

  • Adding no value but thanks for asking I’ve been in the same situation with estimates sky high

  • Is it very labor intensive to install? I guess I don’t understand a $7300 markup in order to install it and deal with permitting. Seems excessive, but would like to know the justification for the markup (i.e., it *is* labor intensive, etc.).

    • Yes, they’re not installing an off-the-shelf garage door. It’s a metal door built to your specifications and is much better suited to operate in the exposed elements. In response to another question- it does have a lot of safety features including an optic eye and a compression hose on the bottom so it won’t close on your car, children, etc.

      • You do realize that there are companies who supply commercial, made-to-order rolling garage doors (which are actually cooler AND around $1K). I gotta hand it to Pooner. He’s capitalized on the fact that Overhead Door does not install free-standing rollups in DC anymore (something about a lawsuit?).

        Long story short – if you have a skilled contractor that you trust, buy the damn thing independently, have it shipped, install two posts with good footings, run an electrical line from house and you can probably do all of this for about 2500!

        You’ll end up with something unique and not hideously homogenous – no offence Pooner, but you are getting away with highway robbery…

  • Call Door Systems, Inc. from Woodbridge. They did mine a few years ago and I paid what I think was an excellent price (unfortunately I just can’t remember what it was). Local business, and they sent techs that were directly employed by them.

  • Aside from how terrible these look to the eye, you need to make sure you have the correct permits for them. Many rear yards won’t meet the required space permits, because you have to have X ft from the alley to the door, etc.

  • for those of you that have them, do you know the model numbers? I see Janus and Coplay popping up over and over and some models are around $500 ($350 for the auto lift and then maybe 200 for shipping) but I have no idea what to look for. my general contractors seem to feel they can do the install for significantly less. I must have called and emailed 15-20 different door places and so far only ONE place has returned any correspondence.

  • also, not sure why you’d have to have X feet to the door, since it’s just like a fence which currently swings out and the fence itself is right up to the lot line in the alley.. but I will be figuring out the permit fun soon enough.

  • ALSO, someone had asked.. the original place I talked to that said around 5-6k was this place. It’s not a quote but an estimate. It sounded ridiculous so I never followed up, but maybe in hindsight it was a good deal.

    Metropolitan Rolling Door, Inc.
    Columbia, MD 21046

  • I got a quote 2 years ago from Overhead Door of DC (actually based in Maryland). It was ~$4,500. I had a chainlink fence with a swinging gate that had sturdy supports holding the fence. OHD only needed afix the motor unit to the top of the fence posts and of course install the door.

  • We got the same estimate as anony about 3 years ago.

    So at least prices aren’t going up. :-/

  • Overhead door wouldn’t even quote a rollup door to me unless it was attached to a building (garage, house). I assume it was due to liability. You absolutely don’t want to attach a metal rollup door to a wood frame exposed to the elements. 10 years down the line it will collapse on someone.

    I haven’t heard of anyone who’ll do a free standing roll up door other than Pooner.

    I think the doors are fantastic and make a very nice private backyard area. The price is astronomical, but when you’re the only game in town, and you do first rate work, you charge what you need to. I don’t begrudge them the price. It just means I have to wait and save my pennies.

  • I have one but it came with the house. My experience on repairs is that many of the garage repair and installers are ripoffs. I can’t quantify that, but one day i would get a quote for a repair for $1000, the next day the same place would offer the work for $300 but then would try to sell me zinc plated springs. Get the garage and the frame done separately. Have a carpenter build the fence and the frame. Order the parts yourself, i.e., track, opener and door. they’re all pretty standard. a rolling steel door doesn’t cost $7300 otherwise all the places on Georgia ave wouldnt have them installed on the front of their businesses. Then have the garage door guys come in and install everything last. pay for labor only. and find a company willing to do labor only. They’ll tell you something about warranty, but odds are they wouldn’t honor it any way. There’s a place in the phone book, AAA Advanced garage doors (or something similar) they’re an absolute ripoff. Stay away, its based in philly and they will scam you with all sorts of “you need xyz part new because we don’t have anything else.”

    Sorry for the rant, i should have saved it for the random rant/revel or something.

    I wish i could help with the cost estimates, but that’d be worth less than the 2 cents i just offered.

    • I think you’re missing the salient point that these doors aren’t attached to a building. That fact alone changes the price completely. IF you’re attaching it to a garage, then no problem, go with the lowest bidder.

      The pooner doors are on steel frames, not wood. Having a carpenter build you a free standing wood frame is what *may* not be permit-able in DC due to liability (it will rot). You’re not going to find someone who can come out and just whip up a steel frame in your backyard for a better price. Steel is remarkably expensive.

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